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What Everyone Needs To Know®

Colombia

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Richard D. Mahoney

Colombia

What Everyone Needs To Know®

Colombia

What Everyone Needs to Know®

What Everyone Needs To Know®: Colombia

 

In an accessible question-and-answer format, Richard D. Mahoney explores the many key issues running through Colombia's history, distinguishing its national experience, and fueling its unquenchable creativity.


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Beschrijving What Everyone Needs To Know®: Colombia

Even to experts, Colombia is one of the most confusing countries in the Americas. Its democratic tradition is among the richest and most long-standing in the hemisphere, with only eleven years of military rule during its 200 some years of independence. Except for the United States and Canada, Colombia has had the highest growth rate in the Americas over the last 75 years. It is widely seen as having some of the continent's best universities and deep intellectual
traditions along with a dazzling array of fine and industrial arts and now globally-popular tropical music.

But despite these admirable achievements, Colombia has also experienced what its Nobel laureate Gabriel García Marquez once called "a biblical holocaust" of human savagery. Along with the scourge of politically-motivated assassinations (averaging 30 per day in the 1990s) have been drug-related massacres, widespread disappearances, rapes and kidnappings, and even the signature defilement of murder victims. The relentless dynamics of the illegal drug industry raises a puzzling question: how
did Colombia capture and control that enormously-lucrative industry and then leverage its status as America's No. 1 drug supplier into a $7 billion military partnership with the world's superpower? The answer to that question is something everyone needs to know. To unravel the enigma, Richard D. Mahoney
links historical legacies with key periods in the post-World War II era and then sets forth overarching cultural features—land violence, the Church, race, the Spanish language, and magical culture-that run through Colombia's history, distinguish its national experience, and fuel its unquenchable creativity.


ISBN
9780190262754
Pagina's
176
Verschenen
Serie
What Everyone Needs To Know®
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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